platelets

New regenerative medicine technique now available at Midwest Orthopaedic Center

By Adam Colen, D.O.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a new treatment that uses your body’s natural healing properties to promote the repair of chronic and acute tendon and ligament injuries. Many elite professional and college athletes have used PRP therapy to help them heal so they can return to play.

What is PRP therapy?

Whole blood consists of a liquid (plasma) that carries red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Platelets are best known for their role in clotting blood, but they also contain proteins called growth factors that are key to healing injuries. The idea behind PRP therapy is that increasing the number of platelets at an injury site naturally stimulates and speeds the healing in soft tissues such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.

With PRP therapy, blood is drawn from the patient. A centrifuge is used to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components. The concentrated platelets are then injected at the site of the injury. The injection may be followed by a prescribed program of physical therapy.

What is PRP therapy used for?

Studies suggest that PRP therapy can reduce pain and speed healing of certain orthopedic conditions and injuries. PRP therapy has been used to repair chronic conditions such as tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears, hamstring and Achilles tendon injuries. It may be helpful in relieving osteoarthritis pain. And it can be an option for the patient who is not a good candidate for surgery because of age or underlying medical conditions.

PRP therapy offers fewer risks and lower costs than surgical alternatives. Because PRP therapy uses the patient’s own blood, side effects are minimal. As with any injection into the body, there is a small risk of infection, but it is very rare. PRP therapy is not covered by most insurance companies.

Please schedule an appointment to find out if PRP therapy is right for you. Contact Midwest Orthopaedic Center at (309) 691-1400.

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